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Scott Dunford

Senior Security Specialist, Interagency Security Committee

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

Scott J. Dunford is a seasoned security specialist with over 37 years of experience and serves as the senior security specialist for the Interagency Security Committee (ISC) within the Infrastructure Security Division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Dunford leads the policies, standards and recommendations line of effort, which is foundational to the work of the ISC and provides a collaborative roadmap to protect federal facilities and those that work and visit them.

Before joining CISA, Dunford was chief of the Field Security Operations Branch for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. As chief, he led a team of multidisciplined security professionals in implementing physical, administrative and operations security and identity management programs for the agency. He also served in the DHS Physical Security Division, performing security compliance reviews of DHS operational components and playing an instrumental role in developing the nationally recognized ISC Risk Management Process training course. Additionally, Dunford served 25 years in the United States Air Force.


Security Convergence: Achieving Integrated Security

Tuesday, May 24th

Convergence is no longer something to aim for it is a strategic imperative. Today’s threats include hybrid attacks targeting both physical and cyber assets.  Advancements in technology and the integration of the Internet of Things into security operations and business processes have connected individual security devices and operational technology to the vast virtual ecosystem, expanding the potential attack surface of facilities and making traditional physical security and safety systems more vulnerable.

Providing reliable security for organizational assets presents numerous challenges for the security professional. Unfortunately, in many organizations, security is often controlled by separate authorities, resulting in a siloed approach to security. When organizational elements operate independently with minimal or no collaboration, the organization’s overall security is reduced.

This session will touch on the challenges of security convergence before providing an in-depth set of solutions and their associated long-term benefits, with a special emphasis on the recent Interagency Security Committee publication Security Convergence: Achieving Integrated Security: An Interagency Security Committee Best Practice.